Salkantay located in the Cordillera Vilcabamba, department of Cusco, rises to 6271 meters above sea level.
The Salkantay is the Apu and tutelary mountain of Cusco.
To get to it, you will cross beautiful Andean landscapes, open to 5,000 meters. and the possibility of observing Condors and Alpacas in their natural habitat. You can take baths in natural hot springs from the depths of the earth, different fruit plants and a variety of orchids.
This route covers the southern part of the Vilcabamba mountain range, showing beautiful landscapes that vary from the pampas to the jungle. Far from the agglomeration of tourists and the bureaucratic difficulties of the best known circuits, Salkantay offers privacy and authenticity to travelers who dare to make this trek.
Various treks involve routes from Salkantay Mountain: one joins the Inca Trail at Huayllabamba, then proceeds as before on the main Trail through Wiñay Wayna to Machu Picchu. To get to Salkantay, you have to start in Mollepata, north west of Cusco on the Apurimac valley, Salkantay to Machu Picchu take five nights or three nights or seven nights. A seven-nights trek goes from Paucarcancha, a camping site on the trek from Salkantay, to Huayllabamba, then on the traditional Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Paucarcancha is a abandoned set of ruins on the descent from Pampacahuana, before the village of Huayllabamba on the main Inca Trail. There are some hot springs nearby.
The classic 5 day Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu is from Cusco to Mollepata - Challacancha, from there, you start to walk to Soraypampa camping and visit the Umantay Lake and the Salkantay Mountain. The trek countinues to Salkantay Mountain (4550 m) and after a descent to Colpapampa campsite. Next day the walking is moderate to Playa. Then walk up to Llactapata Mountain, appreciate the Machu Picchu Mountain, then 3 hrs to Hydrolectrica and continue the trek to Machu Picchu
Salcantay (Nevado Salcantay) or Salkantay (Nevado Salkantay) is the highest peak of the Willkapampa mountain range, part of the Peruvian Andes. It is located in the Cusco Region, about 60 km (40 mi) west-northwest of the city of Cusco. It is the 38th highest peak in the Andes, and the twelfth highest in Peru. However, as a range highpoint in deeply incised terrain, it is the second most topographically prominent peak in the country.
And while the Salkantay may not possess the international brag factor of the Inca Trail, its advantages are many. The Salkantay Trek offers a different experience to the Inca Trail and delivers the best landscapes of the Salkantay mountain as well as superb hiking.
The Salkantay Trek is also a more strenuous alternative to Inca Trail, the altitude is higher in several places and there is some steep, rugged terrain to tackle. With that said, a little bit of prior fitness training goes a long way and people of all ages, in good physical condition, with some hiking experience will do fine on this trek.
Also, to secure a permit to enter the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, you must do your Inca Trail book 2019 many months before,or choose the Short Inca Trail Tour, since its availability is greater On the other hand Salkantay Trek 2019 is an alternative road that does not require additional permission, therefore, finding a space is much easier